San Francisco hosts Campbell in the second semifinal of the College Basketball Invitational on Thursday night. The Dons had a close call against Utah Valley to make the next round, as did the Fighting Camels with a two-point win over New Orleans. The winner of this game will take on Jacksonville State or North Texas in the best-of-three finals.
Clemons has another 30+ scoring night in the CBI
Campbell was able to make the semifinals, but it wasn’t as easy as expected in a dramatic 71-69 final against New Orleans. The Fighting Camels were seven-point favorites going into the game. The offense was solid, posting a 51.2 shooting percentage, but they had 16 less shot attempts than the opposition. Less field goal attempts transferred over to more free throws, and they succeeded by converting 18-of-23 attempts.
Chris Clemons (25.1 ppg) was the hero of the game, posting 35 of the team’s 71 points. He went 10-for-18 from the field and hit 9-of-11 from the foul line. He’s been the team’s scoring leader all season long by a wide margin, and he’s put up 67 total points in the CBI tournament so far (32 points against Miami-Ohio). They could be without Marcus Burk (14.8 ppg) again, who put up 16 points against the Red Hawks but missed the game against the Privateers.
Incredible passing ratio helps Dons stave off Wolverines
San Francisco is hoping to end the season on a high note after such a disappointing conclusion in West Coast action. They’ve had a couple of close battles but have pulled out victorious, the latest being a 78-73 win over Utah Valley. That was expected to be close as they were two-point favorites, and that result also broke a four-game losing streak against the spread for the Dons. They prevailed despite missing 20-of-32 3-point opportunities.
Mainly, SF was able to pull through thanks to their incredible ball movement. As a team, they had 22 assists on 26 field goals made with just four turnovers. Frankie Ferrari (4.4 apg) only had eight points, but he led the team with 11 assists to 2 turnovers. Two players led the team with 20 points; Jordan Ratinho had the more efficient night hitting 6-of-10 field goals, five of those coming from downtown.
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San Francisco is:
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games
- 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games against teams winning less than 40% of their road games
The Dons have been a great story this season and were very competitive against the WCC’s best, but that hasn’t translated into dominant wins. They’ve been mediocre against the spread this season, so trusting them with such a large spread isn’t a good idea.